The Hollies

20 Golden Greats

As the beat boom evolved into psychedelia and hard rock, The Hollies fell behind. Their most talented songwriter, Graham Nash, had emigrated to unimaginable fortune with Crosby, Stills and Nash, and the remaining Hollies, clinging to newly discredited philosophies of formal, concise pop music, were stuffed. They have, consequently, never been afforded the respect they deserve - for a couple of years they were, creatively and commercially, giving The Beatles a run for their money. As consistent a singles group as ever there was, they rattled off a huge list of hits, most of which still sound thunderously alive, driven by those trademark four-part harmonies, precise, inventive and staggeringly powerful. Lined up in a row here, those hits show the true worth of a band who were, for a brief but happily prolific period, up there with the greats.